Credits required
62 or 45 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 62 or 45 quarter credits are equal to 41.33 or 30 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$560 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the MPP curriculum or the EMPP curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

Master of Public Policy – Online

Become a policy leader for the 21st century

Jessica Nguyen, Master of Public Policy graduate

Jessica Nguyen was familiar with creating her own path and pushing to achieve her goals. When she was ready to advance her career, OSU’s MPP program provided the skills she needed to move on to a fulfilling career helping half a million children in her state. Read more about Jessica »

When social, economic and environmental issues arise, policymakers are the first to step into the fray. Oregon State University’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Executive Master of Public Policy (EMPP) online degree programs will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in policy career fields.

The discipline of policy is closely connected to the practice of policy design, implementation, and assessment. As a student in one of these interdisciplinary programs housed at a leading research university, you'll learn to integrate groundbreaking science into emerging policies and practices that will impact and influence local, regional and international policy decisions.

Master of Public Policy

The 62-credit MPP program is designed for careers in domestic or international organizations, and is beneficial for:

  • Professionals seeking career advancement
  • Professionals transitioning from the private sector to public service
  • Recent graduates wanting to pursue policy careers

Executive Master of Public Policy

Strengthen your foothold as a policy practitioner and gain the knowledge that will help you transition from the private sector to public service by earning your Executive Master of Public Policy (EMPP) degree online from Oregon State.

Tailored for mid-career professionals, this 45-credit program is shorter than the MPP offering because it takes into account your status as a practitioner with 5+ years in the public and nonprofit sectors.

Quality, rigorous programs

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Oregon State’s MPP program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), the global standard in public service education. The MPP and EMPP programs are proud to be members of the Public Policy and International Affairs Consortium (PPIA) to work collaboratively on promoting the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service. These programs are offered by Oregon State’s School of Public Policy and delivered online by OSU Ecampus.

Benefits of earning your degree online from Oregon State

  • All classes are developed by Oregon State's renowned faculty, who are known worldwide for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • OSU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • OSU's online students receive the same diploma and transcript as on-campus students.

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